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Coca Cola's special delivery for Fellows

Author: Grace Munene

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For a second year in a row, the Coca Cola Company has continued to support the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at the University of Notre Dame. With a focus on women as entrepreneurs, Coca Cola’s support for this program derives from their 5by20

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Veronica shares her fellowship experience

Author: Grace Munene

Veronica Affuah Da-Silva, a 2015 Fellow from Ghana, shares her experience at the University of Notre Dame.

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So far, the University of Notre Dame is a perfect blend of unique academic sessions, professional networking, community services and cultural activities and looking back I cannot imagine how transformative, insightful and priceless my journey has been so far. A new chapter of my life opens up as I enter the world of business and entrepreneurship”. Sunday marked exactly three weeks and three days since my Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders experience at the University of Notre Dame began.

Sunday started with an incredible lecture on Leadership through Sharing Fire by one of the world’s renowned speakers, Dr Marc Hardy –Director of Non-profit Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame. The classroom session gave me the opportunity to identity my personal leadership potential. I also discovered that I possessed a bottom-liner personality trait. The breakout session also made me learn more about a fellow I have had the least interactions with. After a healthy brainstorming session, Dr Marc together with his lovely Wife Marcia treated all fellows to a hot sizzling Chinese delicacy at a nearby restaurant. The dinning session created another platform for fellows to bond and exchange ideas on individual projects.

Monday’s session on NGO Leadership and Group Dynamics was extremely engaging and practical. The fellows were privileged to be given a lecture by the Author of Non-profit Governance; Thomas J. Harvey on the Challenges faced by Non-profit Start-ups.The final session of the day which covered the CAPSIM business simulations was very engaging, instructive and hands-on. My highlight of the day was the Capstone Courier headlines which featured me as the most outstanding CFO for the week’s Industry’s performance-in a simulation environment...

 

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Fellows meet the Dean of Mendoza College of Business

Author: Grace Munene

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During this past week, Mandela Washington Fellows at the University of Notre Dame met with the Dean of Mendoza College of Business. Roger Huang visited with the fellows on Tuesday July 7, 2015.

In his talk with the Fellows, he discussed and emphasized the importance of using business as a vehicle to do good. The Fellows appreciated his support for the program which has given them an opportunity to learn from the distinguished faculty at Mendoza College of Business

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The Fellows visit the Motor City

Author: Grace Munene

 

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The 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at Notre Dame is currently in its second week. During the first week (in addition to course work) the Fellows had an opportunity to go on site visits to businesses in South Bend, Indiana and in Detroit, Michigan. While at Detroit, the Fellows visited GM Corporation, M-1 Rail, Kresge Foundation, Quicken Loans, Detroit Mayor’s office and the Motown Museum. While at Quicken Loans, the fellows were taken on a tour of the many properties Quicken Loans owns in the downtown Detroit area. The weather was sunny and cool – perfect for a great walking experience. Below is an excerpt and photos from a Facebook post that Seydou shared with his network about his experience.

‘Yesterday, with my colleagues, we spent an exciting day in the city of Detroit, the capital of the automobile, and the headquarters of General Motors. We had a fabulous guide who took us through the economic history of Detroit’.

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Mendoza College of Business features YALI in their magazine

Author: Joya Helmuth

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Takunda Chingonzo was wearing a shirt with an ND logo as he stood in line at the Indianapolis Black Expo in July. You might guess what happens next: The guy in front of him is a Domer and strikes up a conversation. Chingonzo tells the alum he’s from Zimbabwe on his first trip to the U.S. That he’s studying at Mendoza for six weeks through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellows program. That he’s an entrepreneur with two successful technology startups under his belt and one in development. And that he’s 21 and still in college.…

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Eric's work in Cote d'Ivoire since returning home

Author: Joya Helmuth

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We received a welcome update from Eric Koua, Mandela Washington Fellow from the Ivory Coast:

"Since the end of the program, I'm working at Red Cross mainly to sensitize community on Ebola virus by showing how to wash properly the hands. In addition, I was invited in local Radio to explain the importance of YALI program. I was also invited last week to give conference on Climate Change and environment issues by NGO on garbage recycling and Environment cleaning.…

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Notre Dame Fellow Takunda Chingonzo interviews President Obama

Author: Joya Helmuth

Notre Dame Fellow Takunda Chingonzo interviews President Obama

The youngest Mandela Washington Fellow at age 21, our own Takunda Ralph Michael Chingonzo was chosen to interview President Obama at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit today. Focusing on business, Takunda’s questions were direct, insightful, and challenging, and President Obama clearly relished meeting this young African leader. Keep watching… this is not the last time you’ll hear of TK!…

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The First Lady encourages African men to raise up women and girls

Author: Joya Helmuth

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A highlight of the Summit, Michelle Obama's passionate and inspiring remarks to the Mandela Washington Fellows focused on the education of women and girls. She said, "The status of women in Africa is...personal to me as a woman...I am who I am today because of the people in my family—particularly the men in my family—who valued me and invested in me from the day I was born." Mrs. Obama encouraged all of the African leaders in the crowd to support their wives, sisters, and daughters, and treat them as their equal.…

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“Sharing a Coke” at Notre Dame

Author: Joya Helmuth

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Carlos Pagoaga, Global Community Affairs Director at The Coca-Cola Company, came to Notre Dame bearing gifts for the Fellows and YALI team: personalized cans of Coke! It was a nice surprise to kick off the final week of the institute at Notre Dame, and to hear about Coke’s work around the globe—clearly one of the world’s most global companies, they operate in over 200 countries, and invest over $100 million annually through 20 Coca-Cola foundations across the world.…

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Bart Peterson discusses Eli Lilly’s work in the US and around the globe

Author: Joya Helmuth

The Fellows from Notre Dame began their Indianapolis site visits at the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly and Company

The Fellows from Notre Dame began their Indianapolis site visits at the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly and Company. Former Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson, now the Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications at Lilly, discussed the pharmaceutical business that Lilly is doing in many countries, its work on increasing access to medicines, and the research into medications and treatments in the areas of diabetes and tuberculosis.…

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